Just Stuff

DSCF2764.jpgAll hands on deck for the horse washing day at the barn.  My job: to comb and condition the manes and tails.  My hands have never felt so soft. Who knew? I’d better ask to do this in January when my hands are like sandpaper and bleeding willy nilly .

Fireman was cycling yesterday.   When he got home he told me he found a farm that sold Honey , Eggs and Wool.  What? Where? Let’s go?  Well he cannot quite remember where exactly on the long route he saw it…that’s just teasing ….

There were some hummingbirds at the feeder yesterday.  So , They are not gone for good yet.  Perhaps it was a freak late hummie, or perhaps the 90 degree weather is sending them off a bit later …

I made my own hummie food this summer and shhhhh

I used red food coloring every time ….

Weekend plans: volunteer at the barn for the student show today (long day)

count Cubs magic number and get hopes sky high

sit on the porch tonight after sun goes down.  These days are numbered

Count my points again.  I’m getting out of the habit.

Hear both my adult kids voices this weekend.





Shawl cast ON


I’ve started a new shawl. the MESH-enger shawl.  Again.  This will be my second.  I am using the darling yarn from KIM!!!  It is Mrs Crosby yarn and I love it.  This pattern is so easy.  One mesh section, one garter section.  I went with high contrast purple for the mesh.  Mostly because Karen and Al said it was a better choice than the orange I had planned.  They were right.  Also, there is only one needle for the whole project, size 8 circs.

This is perfect knitting for watching the CUBS as they try to win the division again. Breathe, breathe breathe…  unnamed-1.jpg

We have been invaded by among other things: turkeys, (eat those tics !) and elder beetles and flies.   The beetles are all over the outside of the house.  This happened last year.

Do you have a seasonal invasion ?







Snow? What? It is 90 degrees here…


*This is what Yellowstone looks like currently.  My brother in law, just sent this photo.   They are on their anniversary trip.  What?  I did not know the snow could be that deep in September.   

*Makes me think I better get knitting. 

*I’m pretty sure I bailing on my current WIP.  The sweater/poncho.  Why? I don’t like the 4 row repeat …..I’m serious.  

*Zach thanks you all for the concern.  He is going to be bringing more supplies to his friend’s house .  His friend Juany, has an aunt in Juchitan.  The area was hit hard .  If anyone wants to help in a more direct way, let me know. I know you have probably already given in some way to the ongoing disasters.  

I for one am a huge Red Cross fan.  I should go give blood.

*What’s your favorite charity? 

Fall KAL Finish


For those of you who follow closely, you’ll see right away that these are not fingerless mitts.  I decided after buying a pattern, that I’d rather a Halloween bag.  So I’m done Dee and Vera~!   I am very glad you started the Fall knit a long.  

Black yarn woes.  Black yarn photo woes.  In person, its much cuter.  

It bears repeating: Thank you for caring that Zach was safe after yesterday’s Earthquake in Mexico.  Thank you thank you thank you.  I will tell you that this past Sunday he and friends loaded a car trunk with water, rice, and beans and drove it to the local red cross distribution center in Chiapas.  (for the earlier earthquake victims)  unnamed-1.jpg

As dear Fred Rogers said, “My mom always said to look for the helpers when there is a sad event” (im paraphrasing)
Because there is hope where there are helpers” 

You all helped me yesterday!

Zach is fine THANKS!!!!

You are all so sweet and thoughtful.  Zach is fine.  WE called him the moment we heard it on the radio at around 1:30 today.  GOt right through to him.  He felt tremors last night but  not during the MExico CIty quake today. 

The last earthquake was nearer him.  Poor Mexico .   Poor Puerto Rico.

I cannot thank you enough for the love and concern.   Means the world to this mother blogger


Black yarn Knitting Woes

DSCF2698Okay Fall KAL people.  Who let me decide to knit with black for this event?  Learned my lesson.  I will be finishing the beaded bag for the event.   Only 3 rows of beads adorn this one.  

My bead problem is hard to explain.  So, I won’t.  Suffice to say I do appreciate the advice but it didnt’ work for me.  This bag is far from perfect.  Still, it has a good Halloween vibe.  


 I have to say I believe the hummingbirds are gone for the year.  No activity for 4 days.  I leave the food up.  I hear a straggler can come by. 

The neighbor girls are still bringing fresh raspberries to us.  Oh my.  They are tiny and sweet and just a candy like treat.  !!!  They love the cats.  Oh my they love them.  Joelle, who is in 3rd grade, sewed a little tiny pillow for miss pie.  She is the pie whisperer.  Pie will let her brush her.   

Any garden goodies from your neighbors lately?




Monday Q and A, September 2017


*Did you have troll dolls?  

*When was the last time you said, ‘Oh I can make that for a lot less”

*What has been your most difficult knit or crochet project this year?

*Have you ever broken a toe?

*Name a children’s author or picture book you love-

*Who is the last cousin you have seen or had contact with?  (third cousins twice removed still count) 

*Name a blog you will visit today-

*When was the last time you read a nutrition label?

*What is the last thing you used change (coins)  for?

*Do you have a digital antennae?


My answers:

*I did have troll dolls.  Gosh they are ugly.  I think I liked them because they were cheap and I could afford them with my allowance money.  I liked to cut their hair off…..

*Yesterday, at the apple orchard they had a rag rug selling for 31 dollars.  It was the  size of a dinner plate.  I do love rag rugs.  I don’t own one right now.  But I couldnt’ part with 31 dollars for it.

*My most difficult project this year:  believe it or not the teddy bears for charity.  I had lots of ear issues, and face making issues.  By the time I learned all the tricks, I was over them.  But, I did send some for charity.  The best ones.

*I know I had a broken toe ten years ago.  It is still crooked.  I think I broke another this year.  I break them because I am a huge clutz and I rarely wear shoes in the house.

*There is a Halloween book called ROOM ON THE BROOM about a witch and all the little friends that join her on the broom.

*Fireman reunited with his first cousin Laura this weekend.  When you live in a resort town, people do come up and it increases the visits.  They hadn’t seen one another in 15 years since a funeral.

*I will go to Kims blog to vote for Knitter Hunks and Chicks of course .

*I read the nutrition facts on my vanilla one touch Latte for coffee.  So I’m drinking some fluffy sugar apparently.

*If I have enough coins for an instant lottery ticket, I’ll buy one.

*We DO have a digital antennae.  This means we bought a box that is black that we point towards Chicago and it picks up channels we don’t get on from our Cable service.   It means I may dump cable altogether when our contract is up!

Have fun with your Q and A .. Hope it prompts a good memory for you